Bachelors of Science, Psychology, 2006
Masters of Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2009
Certified Personal Trainer, 2015
Certified Health & Wellness Coach, 2016
I was done crying and yelling at the end of every day. I remember the evening well, when I came home from my job as a licensed clinical professional counselor and told my husband I was done. Working as an LCPC, in every capacity I tried, felt like a soul sucking job. I felt stuck in the system that was swallowing up our children.
I could not fill out another questionnaire. I could not hear another conversation where the first words from parent or child were about a diagnosis or medication. I could not look into the eyes of another family member and see THEIR soul being sucked with every check of the box.
“This cannot be why I am here.” I declared.
I quit working for agencies, hospitals and residential facilities.
I wanted out of the system. As far as I could go.
I ran straight for the woods. Choosing a job simply FOR my soul, I began working as a dog walker and fell in love with it instantly. It was lighting me up in ways that I never felt in my adult career.
On those walks, with my new canine friends, I chose myself.
In finding those moments of joy, peace, and gratitude I was also able to truly listen (because I could ALWAYS hear) to that voice within.
The voice offering my why. AND my how.
In 2015, after a decade of trying to fit into a box that I KNEW was not for me, I began feeling into what WAS for me. And from those feelings, Trust Your Gut, Inc was born.
Born into a family system holding the energy of shame, judgement and rage.
Learned my opinion was wrong.
Uber shy in school and would rarely speak.
Found a best friend in music and nature, plus my soul sister since kindergarten.
Hated (I know, strong language) my public-school experience.
Learned how to avoid situations that would result in my crying.
Wanted to be anywhere than where I was.
Enjoyed grease and sugar as my action for discomfort, boredom, and fun.
Began to repeat my family pattern within romantic relationships.
Graduated from high-school, college and graduate school, while hiding my addictions.
Thought my life was going to end, in a murder/suicide.
Acknowledged my patterns, desire for change and ran back home.
Begrudgingly obtained my clinical license.
Became a wife and mother.
Added a couple professional certifications that felt fun.
Officially shifted from counseling to coaching and launched Trust Your Gut, Inc.